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FSR Extends Line of Table Box Offerings With Introduction of T3-DV2S

New model ideal for single users, needing access to HD HDMI video/audio source input and AC power sources

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, adds to its family of Table Box products with the launch of its new T3-DV2S Table Box unit. This new solution is intended for single users where convenient access to HD HDMI video/audio source input, and AC power sources is required. The T3-DV2S allows users to power and connect their laptop or any HDMI source to an external video display and house sound systems as well as connect with network, phone lines and other AV system infrastructure.

All T3-DV2S models are HD ready with an HDMI pass-through connector, standard grounded AC outlet and openings for two keystone snap-in connectors. The two keystone openings, supplied with two blanks, can be populated with a variety of snap-in connectors including network, telephone, RCA or mini stereo audio, to custom configure the units to suit unlimited applications. A large selection of keystone style snap-in connectors, including USB DC powered charging stations to charge digital mobile devices, are available separately from FSR.

“FSR is always working hard to offer our customers in the professional audio/video markets innovative and reliable solutions that meet a variety of needs,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We are proud to be able to grow our popular family of Table Box solutions with the addition of the new T3-DV2S. These new models, fitting a 3 1⁄2-inch round opening, are not only stylish with round and square covers available in black, brass or aluminum to blend with the décor, but the small footprint provides an un-obtrusive solution to any interior. AND, they are HD ready!”

There are options for one or two button momentary switches / bi-color LED arrangements on the cover bezel that enable user control input and status indication for an external control system application. Screw down terminals are provided for fast, convenient cable termination.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Kensington Introduces PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE for Greater Versatility in Presentation Delivery

Presenter Features Advanced Wireless Technology, Customizable Modes of Functionality, and Slim Design for User Flexibility and Productivity

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, announced today the availability of its PresentAir Pro Bluetooth® 4.0 LE Presenter for versatile presentation delivery and improved productivity. Featuring the latest in wireless technology, the advanced presenter offers three different function modes to support different types of activity — presenting, controlling media, or editing — and offers one of the slimmest presenter designs on the market. The free downloadable companion app, PresenterWorks, allows users to set buttons to the functions of their choice for greater flexibility and efficiency.

Key features of the Kensington PresentAir Pro Bluetooth 4.0 LE Presenter include:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE Technology — The latest in wireless innovation, this low-energy pairing between the user’s device and presenter frees up a valuable USB port — a shrinking feature with increasingly thin laptops and mobile devices — and offers a range of up to 30 feet so the user can move freely during a presentation.
  • Three Modes/PresenterWorks App — Buttons on the presenter can be set to two predetermined modes, and a third mode that enables user customization. In Presenter Mode, users may choose among specific profiles to suit the individual’s requirements for navigating within presentations. While in Media Mode, PresentAir Pro can be used as a remote for volume or playlist controls, allowing for dynamic content delivery, such as video clips, on the fly. Custom Mode offers a wide range of commonly used commands users can set the buttons to perform. The free PresenterWorks app, which will be available for download from Google Play, Windows® Store, or App Store®, delivers even more customizable options.
  • Ultra-Slim Design — The presenter’s thin profile makes it extremely light and easy to hold, as well as convenient for a shirt pocket or the pen/stylus holder found in many business folios or briefcases.
  • Red Laser Pointer — Users can accentuate presentation material with a bright red laser that highlights any part of a presentation with complete effectiveness.
  • Touch-Activated Stylus — Compatible with all major tablets and smartphones, holding the metal enclosure turns the presenter into a fully functional stylus to navigate around device touchscreens.
  • Carrying Case — A convenient place to store the presenter when not in use, keeping it protected with a soft internal lining that prevents scratching.
  • Compatability — The presenter is compatible with Android 4.4 and above, Windows® 8.1 and above, and iOS 8 and above running Microsoft® PowerPoint.

“While the proliferation of ultrabooks and tablets is on the rise in business, they come with limitations — less USB ports, which confines expansion capabilities, and limited video ports, which restricts presentation options,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “We’ve designed the PresentAir Pro to offset these limitations, giving users expanded flexibility for presentation delivery with the next generation of computing devices, as well as unparalleled customization capabilities that give users more control over how they use the presenter to be as productive as possible.”

The PresentAir Pro is available for pre-order today and will be generally available in November 2014. The PresenterWorks App will be available for download from Google Play, Windows Store, and App Store.

Digital images of the PresentAir Pro are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157647615187069/

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. PresentAir Pro and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

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Kensington Launches USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, 4-Port USB Charger, and New Universal Soft Sleeves

New Products Line-Up Delivers Power, Flexibility and Style

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Redwood Shores, CA, October 29, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced the launch of its USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters family, its 48W 4-Port USB Charger, and two new Universal Soft Sleeves.

The company’s update from its previous USB 2.0 connectivity line to the faster USB 3.0 addresses industry trends marked by slimmer laptops with fewer ports and wires; a plethora of USB equipment to connect, charge, and sync; and increased use of mobile devices. Additionally, the update includes a new 7-port USB hub and the ability to charge mobile devices.

“With more than 2 billion USB 3.0 devices projected to be in the market by 2015, as well as 100 percent penetration by native 3.0 computers, there is a lot more digital data to transfer like photos, music, and video and more devices to connect,” said Greg Agustin, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “Our USB 3.0 hubs and adapters take care of this significant trend, by providing transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and more interfaces to connect.”

And, with the launch of the new 48W 4-Port USB Charger, Kensington introduces a true universal desk charging solution. With PowerWhiz technology, the charger automatically detects a device and its specific power needs, creating the correct “handshake” between the device, USB cable, and charging port to deliver a fast and safe charge.

“With 4 in 10 smartphone users having a second mobile device, there’s an increasing need to charge multiple mobile devices simultaneously from the same location,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Manager, Kensington. “The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is the most powerful and compact 4-port USB charger in the market, offering a full-speed charge for each device simultaneously.”

Kensington’s new lineup of USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters includes:

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub, Model UH4000 — With USB ports on laptops becoming a precious commodity, an external hub can be the answer to optimizing productivity and helping to expand a device’s capabilities. The 4-Port Hub ensures that users can connect all of their USB peripheral desktop accessories, with each of the four ports supporting fast transfer speeds.

USB 3.0 4-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH4000C — The UH4000C offers the same benefits found in the standard 4-Port Hub, but each of the four ports also double as chargers for mobile devices, providing a convenient way to plug in and keep device batteries topped-off. With 3 AMPs available, users can choose any of the ports to provide a fast charge for a tablet and a smartphone, or other combination of low-power devices. Charging ports are compliant with USB BC 1.2 standard and compatible with BC 1.2 devices such as iPad Air and iPad mini. (Users should check their device specs.)

USB 3.0 7-Port Hub plus Charging, Model UH7000C — This 7-Port Hub and Charger ensures that users can connect all of their peripheral desktop accessories to a laptop, as well as quickly charge their smartphone or tablet. Each of the seven ports can support USB 3.0 transfer speeds to allow for more efficient work. The ports also double as chargers with 4 AMPs available, allowing for use of any port to provide a fast charge for up to two tablets, a tablet and a smartphone, or any other combination of low-power devices.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter, Model UA0000E — Many newer laptops do not come with an Ethernet port, leaving users only WiFi to get connected to the Internet. This Ethernet Adapter provides a wired connectivity option with extremely fast Gigabit Ethernet transfer speeds where wireless access isn’t available or if a user has a broken internal network card.

USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter plus 3-Port Hub, Model UA3000E — The UA3000E offers the same benefits found in the standard Ethernet Adapter, but also includes three USB 3.0 ports for additional device expansion.

Each of the five new USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters also offers the following features:

  • Lightning-fast, gigabit transfer speeds. Using USB 3.0 technology, the 4-Port and 7-Port hubs support transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The Ethernet Adapters offer gigabit transfer speeds (also 10 times faster than USB 2.0) and provide an RJ-45 connector that supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T performance.
  • Plug and play operation. The 4-port and 7-port hubs allow users to simply plug the expansion hub into their device, with no need for an additional power source or driver downloads. The Ethernet Adapters require a one-time driver download via WiFi and subsequent installation, and then can be plugged into devices, ready to go.
  • Near universal acceptance. The adapters are all compatible with devices running Windows® 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Mac OS® X 10.6 or later operating systems.

Kensington’s 48W 4-Port USB Charger allows users to power up to four tablets and smartphones on their desk at the same time using PowerWhiz Technology. This technology allows almost any device to be plugged into the charger because it automatically recognizes a device and gives it the fastest charge possible while remaining completely circuit safe. Users can mix and match any combination of devices into any of the four USB ports, and each port can carry up to 2.4 AMPs of power to ensure even tablets get a speedy charge. Additionally, the charger only needs a single wall socket to charge device batteries.

The USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters are available for pre-order today and will be generally available by the end of October. The 48W 4-Port USB Charger is also available for pre-order and will be generally available in November.

Kensington is also launching two new Universal Soft Sleeves that will allow customers to carry their device(s) in style, comfort and ease. Available in both 11” and 14” sizes, the new Universal Soft Sleeves respond to the growing popularity of Chromebook and MacBook Air as go-to essentials for mobile business professionals. The Kensington Universal Sleeves offer the perfect complement to help carry laptops or tablets, providing a soft layer of protection, with interior fleece lining for an added level of protection against scratches and dings, a reinforced carry handle for easy holding, and an exterior pocket for the convenient storage of accessories.

Editors: USB 3.0 Hubs and Adapters, USB Charger and Universal Soft Sleeve digital images are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/48490242@N04/sets/72157648681616766/

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. smart. safe. simple. is a trademark of ACCO Brands. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

 

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Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS Take to the Stage with DPA Microphones for Summer Concert Series

Company’s d:facto™ Vocal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics are mainstays for all recent performances

LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena POPS recently concluded their 2014 Sierra Acura Summer Concert Series at the LA County Arboretum to an audience of nearly 5,000 people. DPA microphones was among the star-studded lineup, not only for this concert series but for Feinstein’s additional performances, with its d:facto™ Vocal Microphone and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano.Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 1

Michael Feinstein’s long-time Production Manager and FOH Engineer Andy Brattain was introduced to DPA Microphones a few years ago at a show at the Palladium in London. Brattain secured the mics for Feinstein’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Series and has been using the microphones ever since.

“We were heading out on the road and had a lot of different types of shows scheduled throughout this past summer, which included everything from the outdoor symphony shows to a small trio show in a club setting,” says Brattain. “I made sure that I had a couple of DPA mics with me and this is when we really started liking them, as they worked perfectly in so many different applications with all different types of sound systems.”
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As a baritone, DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone matches well with Feinstein’s voice. “He can get a little hot on the low end, but the d:facto is able to smooth some of that out without any coloration,” adds Brattain. “Also, the proximity of where Michael holds the mic in relation to his mouth, whether really close or really far away, works nicely with the d:facto. He has the freedom to move around and the d:facto evens out the sound, leaving me with minimal EQing.”

In addition to the d:facto, Brattain relies on DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones for Piano. “We play with the piano lid closed for 99 percent of our performances and with most microphones you are fighting the low end that produces a harsh sound. With the d:votes you can position the mics exactly how you want and when you close the lid you have this great open and natural sound,” continues Brattain. “I’ve had an engineer tell me it’s the best sounding close-lid piano they’ve heard. It’s such an easy installation too, some pianists don’t want me to tape mics to their piano, but with the d:vote magnet mounts I don’t have to worry about scratches or a gluey mess, it leaves everyone happy.”Michael Feinstein Pasadena dfacto 3

Not only is Brattain happy with the quality of DPA’s microphones but the system tech and other FOH engineers that were at the Pasadena POP performances commented on how well they sounded. “Everyone was pretty blown away about not having to do a lot of EQing, just take the high pass up a little bit and call it a day, it was great,” concludes Brattain.

Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy® Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.”

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Christie and USIS Partnership Inspire AppNexus Employees with High Tech Office Spaces

Christie® and USIS AudioVisual Systems achieved grand success at AppNexus in creating additional space on a floor that includes both open plan office space and a basketball court.

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector

AppNexus Basketball Court uses Christie Projector


AppNexus is a high tech company occupying three floors of office space on 23rd Street in New York City. As part of its culture, AppNexus holds employee motivational meetings called “Razzles.” Razzles include the use of Christie projectors and other tools to ignite excitement and motivate the team. At the end of a Razzle, employees can head from the fourth floor (where the Razzles are held) down to the second floor where the basketball court is located to work off the day’s stress.

According to Todd Hutchins (CTS-D), chief technology officer, USIS AudioVisual Systems, AppNexus needed additional Razzle space. The answer was to equip the second floor  where the basketball court is located  with technology on par with the fourth floor Razzle space where three Christie DS+6K-M projectors are located, ultimately creating an extension of the fourth floor. This included the installation of one Christie HD10K-M projector and the ability to do high-end video collaboration.

“AppNexus is critical when it comes to the projected image and audio quality,” said Hutchins. “When they use the room for presentations, there may be 400 people in the space that connect between several floors, plus others from international offices  it has to be perfect.”

When it came time to make a decision on the projector requirements, USIS AudioVisual Systems turned to Christie to fulfill its projection needs.

“We chose Christie not only because their products are superior but because they have always held true to our partner relationship. Whether we’ve needed technical support, sales assistance, or demonstrations, Christie has never let us down,” added Hutchins. “With Christie  it’s all about support. If our team has any issues, all we have to do is call and someone from Christie will be at our side to help, as any true partner should be. Because of what we do and how we do it, we will partner only with manufacturers who fully support their products.”

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Clay Paky Sharpys and B-EYEs and grandMA2 Consoles Amp Up the Energy at “Nights by Absolut” on Brooklyn’s Pier 9

IMG_7890Clay Paky Sharpy and B-EYE K20 fixtures and grandMA2 consoles helped light up the New York City sky when “Nights by Absolut” launched on September 12 with a high-volume, high-energy twist on the club scene. Clay Paky and MA are both exclusively distributed in North America by A.C.T Lighting, Inc.

Vita Motus, the design studio of Heather Shaw, transformed the Pier 9 Container Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn into one of the most exciting clubs in the world for just one night. The iconic silhouette of the Absolut vodka bottle took center stage with the New York City skyline illuminated behind it. DJs Alvin Risk and Araabmuzik took command of the music on the stage below and built suspense for a surprise appearance by guest DJ Zedd.

The event, produced by VICE, was part of the innovative Absolut brand campaign, “Transform Today,” which launched last year. “Nights by Absolut” staged in Johannesburg, Berlin and Sao Paulo followed.

DMDS7tudios of North Miami Beach worked with Vita Motus and VT Pro Design to bring the custom-rigged, 85-foot tall Absolut silhouette to life with 84 Clay Paky B-EYE K20s and 72 Clay Paky Sharpys.

“The goal for the design team was to bring a very progressive brand like Absolut to the forefront of the technology movement, and there is no other effect or lighting fixture on the market currently that has so many options and so much power as the B-EYE,” says Scott Chmielewski, principal of DMDS7tudios, which was brought onto the project as programmers and technology consultants and integrators. The company was charged with programming and implementing the B-EYE lighting effects and pixel mapping the individual LED cells within the fixtures.

“There is literally nothing like the look of the B-EYE out there and, with the fixture’s latest software, options have expanded dramatically,” notes Chmielewski. “The ability of the B-EYE to change from a very powerful and bright wash light to an effects-filled fixture made it an obvious choice for this project.”

He calls the design of “Nights by Absolut” “nothing short of immersive in both its scale and use of technology. Using a well-scripted and choreographed escalation of the event, each element of the project came to life in dramatic steps showcasing a different use of technology and integrated design.”

To control the B-EYEs and the Avolites Media Ai media servers dedicated to mapping the LED pixels, DMDS7tudios employed the latest grandMA2 v. 3.0.0.5 with four active NPUs and a back up console.

“We controlled the Ai media servers, which handled all the media and pixel mapping, and the B-EYE cells, which were all seamlessly Art-Net merged directly into the grandMA2 allowing use of both DMX video as well as the built-in effects of the B-EYE,” says Chmielewski.

For DMDS7tudios, “the DMX mapping and merging were the most challenging elements,” he reports. “Having 12,000 channels of LED sent from both the console and media server over Art-Net sounds like a daunting task, but the capabilities of the grandMA2 platform made it a clear and intuitive process. Being able to create content, albeit in a very unique and low-res format, really helped bring the show’s concept to life. Having that much unique and detailed control over so many elements in such a demanding creative environment was only made possible by the console’s software development, which included the ability of grandMA 3D to previsualize all the elements of the project.”

Chmielewski says there were “no issues with any of the gear” during the pop-up club’s unforgettable one-night only event on Pier 9. “Every element of this show performed flawlessly.” For the grandMA2 that meant “the ability to preprogram in our studios, work with real-world and accurate models of both the fixtures and the environment, and [use] seamless methods for implementing creative nd technical changes that happen on every show.”

The lights were equally problem-free. “We were in an exposed outdoor environment with limited access to the fixtures once they were hung, so that’s one of the reasons the B-EYEs were chosen,” Chmielewski says. “So many options, so few moving parts.”

“Scott is such an innovative designer and this project was really impressive,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales, Brian Dowd. “DMDS7tudios has been a great partner of ours and we look forward to many more projects of this caliber from them.”

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Sennheiser Encourages Microphone Owners to Petition to the FCC in Light of Impending UHF Spectrum Auction

Company Says FCC Should Retain Two Blocks of Clean UHF for Hypercritical Mics and Ear Monitors, and Mic Owners Should Receive Compensation As a Result of Spectrum Repacking

Old Lyme, CT, October 29, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser, which continues to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in light of the pending spectrum auction now scheduled to take place in early 2016, recently filed a Petition For Reconsideration with the FCC on its Incentive Auction Ruling. The company also encourages microphone owners and customers to write to the FCC in support of the Petition for Reconsideration before the initial reply deadline of November 12th, 2014, and is offering to help with any filing or procedural requirements.

Sennheiser’s recently filed Petition For Reconsideration argues two primary points:

• There should remain two blocks of clean UHF for hypercritical microphones and ear monitors (the FCC plans to eliminate the two reserve mic channels);
• Mic owners should be compensated by the auction winners for their equipment, purchased to comply with the previous 700 MHz reallocation, that will be displaced as a result of this next spectrum repacking.

“The FCC has an enormously difficult task to repurpose spectrum from traditional over-the-air TV broadcast to mobile broadband services — this is a matter of content distribution,” says Joe Ciaudelli, Spectrum Affairs, Sennheiser. “However, spectrum is crucial for content creation as well. It is essential that productions have access to reliable prime spectrum for their most critical wireless links. Also, responsible mic owners invested in new equipment just a few years ago to comply with the Commission’s mandate to vacate the 700 MHz band. They should not be subjected to another premature obsolescence of their gear without some compensation. In our petition we detail options for addressing these important issues.”

Last April, Sennheiser launched a website to keep its customers informed on developments concerning the future of wireless microphones and the UHF spectrum. The website [http://sennheiser.com/spectrum] also contains a template for a sample support letter that microphone owners can download and use to express their own views to the FCC concerning equipment replacement costs they will incur as a result of spectrum reallocation.

In early 2016, the FCC plans to hold an ‘incentive auction” with the intent of transferring spectrum currently allocated for over-the-air (OTA) TV service to mobile broadband. The auction offers TV broadcasters the opportunity to relinquish or share their spectrum license in exchange for a portion of the proceeds generated by the auction. The broadcasters that operate on channels in the 600 MHz range that choose to stay on the air will be moved to a different TV channel during the subsequent repacking process, scheduled to be completed 39 months after the new channel assignments are determined.

For more information, please visit http://sennheiser.com/spectrum or contact Joe Ciaudelli directly at spectrum@sennheiserusa.com.

About Sennheiser:

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available at www.sennheiser.com.

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Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Delivers on Oregon Trail for Ken Willinger, SOC

LOS ANGELES – Ken Willinger, SOC, has been a cinematographer for more than 30 years. After starting his career in news and documentaries, the Boston-based shooter now concentrates on corporate, commercial and narrative films. One of his latest productions, Brothers on the Trail, took him to the Wyoming wilderness.

The four-day shoot in early October was based around Register Cliff in Wyoming, a key navigational landmark during the 1800s for emigrants heading west that is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Shooting on location, as Ken Willinger F8 Useopposed to a soundstage, was considered essential to the project. “The director really wanted to capture the reality of where this story takes place,” Willinger explained. “The images were stunning, and there was no way to replicate that in the studio.”

An internal production for Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the short film takes place on the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. The western emphasizes the importance of keeping a pledge by sharing the story about two travelers who meet and make a promise to each other. It is the fifth short in a series that Willinger has shot for the Freemasons with his RED EPIC DRAGON. The 5K footage will be downconverted to HD for the final cut.

Willinger was pleased to find a daylight-balanced Zylight F8 LED Fresnel as part of the grip and electric package for the shoot. He had seen the F8 at the 2014 NAB Show, but this was his first opportunity to use one. With generators on location for the “fairly big” production, Willinger did not have to use the Zylight on battery power, though he was impressed by the feature.

Willinger admitted he was “slow to adopt LED” because he felt early instruments were harsh and had color issues, but plans to use the F8 on future shoots. “It took a while for me to trust the LED look,” he added. “Now, I’m happy to use it and I’m really glad we had the Zylight on the set.”

A full complement of large, very high-powered lighting instruments were on hand for primary lighting duties – but Willinger said the more portable F8 was very valuable as an edge light and as a fill for moonlight during evening campfire shots. “We had some big lights on this film. Once those were in place, that was it,” he explained. “The Zylight was so simple to move around and yet so powerful. It really was a great light for us to have on set.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K), the F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens. With a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations, the fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). Its LED engine with quantum dot technology draws only 100 watts, but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

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Meyer Sound SB-3F Holds Key to Long-Distance Audio Clarity at Nebraska Memorial Stadium

nebraskaTo project utmost audio clarity to the furthest of its 87,000 fans, Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has installed 16 SB-3F sound field synthesis loudspeakers, the Meyer Sound technology for projecting mid-high frequency energy over distances of up to 1 km.

The system was designed by Mark Graham of the consulting firm Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams. “Having the SB-3Fs greatly boosts voice intelligibility in the far seats,” reports Graham. “During the first game, when the team made a big play, I could still hear the announcements over the noise of a sell-out crowd. The boost in top-end clarity maintains good intelligibility without having to push the overall system level until it’s too loud, which usually generates complaints.”

Sixteen SB-3F loudspeakers project audio to the far opposite end of the stadium over 244 m away, while 32 MILO® line array loudspeakers provide full-range coverage of the bowl and upper decks, with six MSL-4 loudspeakers covering the seating expanse under the scoreboard. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provides system drive and alignment. All Meyer Sound components were supplied by BNY Productions of Sioux City, Iowa, with installation by Lincoln-based Electronic Contracting Company.

“At the far end, the old system was rolling off pretty steeply—well below four kHz and probably closer to two kHz,” says Graham. “Now, with the SB-3Fs, the new system is holding to five or six kHz, with some seats showing response well above that.”

Graham also notes how the new Meyer Sound system has helped overcome the stadium’s acoustical irregularities. “The band sits by the field on the lower east side, and the sound drops off steeply behind them, in the upper east deck,” he explains. “We have a five-cabinet MILO array and two SB-3Fs aimed up there, and by routing a couple shotgun mics for the band into just those speakers, it really enhances the fan experience. The STI-PA readings are just amazing for a distance of 600 feet.”

The University of Nebraska Memorial Stadium boasts an ongoing NCAA record of over 330 consecutive sellout games, stretching back to 1962.

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TrinityLife Church in Maryland: Transformation through Meyer Sound M’elodie

trinitylifeWith its new Meyer Sound M’elodie® line array loudspeaker system, TrinityLife Church in Lutherville, Md. has given new life to the congregation’s high-octane, music-centric worship services.

“We feature both choral music styles and high-energy, band-driven styles, and the M’elodie system lends itself wonderfully to both,” says Michael Smith, technical director at TrinityLife. “Our congregation feels more engaged because the sound is smooth. Even when we push up the level, you can hear everything clearly, and it never attacks you. It makes for an intimate, immersive, and enjoyable worship experience.”

The system’s main arrays each comprise 11 M’elodie loudspeakers under two 500-HP subwoofers. Six under-stage 600-HP subwoofers supply additional low end, while two UPQ-1P and six UPM-1P loudspeakers cover side galleries and close front seating, respectively. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor provides drive and optimization.

George W. Raduano, senior pastor, also notices the new system’s uniform coverage and flat response. “Our pastor likes to come down and speak from the very front of the thrust stage,” says Smith. “That’s out in front of the arrays, where they start to overlap. Like most pastors, he likes to sense his voice presence in the room. The system’s incredible gain before feedback gives what he wants to hear.”

Smith also has high praise for the new system’s low-end reinforcement. “The bass is very warm, smooth, and responsive. It’s pleasing, but you’re not being beaten down by it.”

Feeding the new Meyer Sound system from FOH is a DiGiCo SD10 digital console. Other front-end gear includes an Aviom personal monitor system, a Shure PSM 900 wireless IEM system, Shure UHF-R wireless microphones, and a Countryman E6 earset microphone for Senior Pastor Raduano. Design-build services for the complete audio renovation were supplied by Special Event Services (SES) of Winston-Salem, N.C., with project supervision by Greg Slape.

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